Two Roads Diverged at Doggett’s Brook


It’s a precious thing – an unhurried walk through the late summerwoods to bid farewell to August and welcome in September. This last week of August is a special week in nature for those who take the time to look around and notice the subtle transitioning of the two seasons – bridged by the harmonic […] Read more »

Road Trip to Downeast Maine


In some respects, once you get off Interstate 95 and onto Route 1 heading north through Maine, it feels like you’ve been dropped back in time. The houses get farther apart, the fields more rock strewn, and the cars on the road and people fewer. The Northern Appalachian Mountain region and adjacent well-known rocky coast […] Read more »

Hunters of History


Bob St. Onge of Rochester and Tom Smith of East Wareham have shared a passion for treasure hunting with their metal detectors since 1972. Together, they have found some pretty curious and fascinating bits of history along the way, too. On August 20, the two men gave a metal detector search demonstration to the Rochester […] Read more »

Local Woman Fighting for a Cause


Mattapoisett’s Shannon Leary is literally fighting for a cause. Leary has accepted a challenge to “knockout cancer” and is putting up her dukes during a months-long fundraising effort to raise funds for Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund. This year at the 2014 Belles of the Brawl, Leary will represent Mattapoisett in the ring as […] Read more »

104 Years oaf the Grange


The members of the Rochester Grange kept a 104 year-old tradition alive for another year on Saturday, August 16, pulling off another successful Rochester Grange Fair. Participants entered their best vegetables, flowers, baked goods, and handicrafts, hoping to win first prize. Photos by Jean Perry Read more »

Boy Scout Eagle Project


Marion Troop 32’s newest Scout, Phillip Eisner, completed the work phase of his Boy Scout Eagle Project on August 10, 2014, three picnic tables for Pleasant Bay Community Boating (PBCB) in Chatham, Massachusetts. Phillip was displaced from his home troop in Dallas, Texas when he started attending Tabor Academy in January of this year. In […] Read more »

Preserving Mattapoisett Roots


“It’s an old tree. Older than you and me,” wrote Richard Morgado, a Mattapoisett resident. His words continue to tell of a hollow tree on his property, held up by the thick vines that encircle it. This old tree – a playground in Morgado’s youth – still stands on Dexter Lane as a memorial to […] Read more »

Rochester Grange Keeps Tradition Alive


Ask why Susan LaFleur does what she does, year after year, to organize the Annual Rochester Grange Fair and you’ll get a humorous and also heartfelt mixed response. At first, she’ll tell you that it is because she is insane on some level – volunteering countless hours of time, even months before the Grange Fair […] Read more »

Opinions on Sprague’s Cove Divided


Marion Board of Selectmen on August 18 witnessed firsthand how divided residents and interested parties are over the root cause and future remediation of Sprague’s Cove, which resulted in a vote to take more time to digest the information before deciding on who should have control over the site. Until then, selectmen are holding onto […] Read more »